Alternative Post-Grad Options

YEAR UP

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.

For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. Students then apply those skills during the second six months on an internship at one of Year Up’s 250+ corporate and government partners. Students earn up to 23 college credits and a weekly stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, professional mentors, dedicated social services staff, and a powerful network of community-based partners.

84% of graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program. Employed Year Up graduates earn an average of $15 per hour – the equivalent of $30,000 per year.

http://www.yearup.org/about-us/our-locations/boston/

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CITY YEAR

City Year is an education focused, non-profit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.City Year partners with public schools. We provide the extra people power to help schools implement intervention research shows to be effective, for the right students at the right times.

For more info: www.cityyear.org

 

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JOB CORPS

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry certifications and are designed to meet the requirements of today’s careers.

For more info: http://bostonregion.jobcorps.gov

 

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OUTWARD BOUND

Outward Bound is the premier provider of experience-based outdoor leadership programs. Seek challenge and embark on a backpacking trip, mountaineering class, kayaking adventure, sailing trip or an urban expedition in your community and take home real leadership skills and the courage to follow your own path.

Click here to learn more!

 

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NATIONAL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP SCHOOL

NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.

Check out their website here!

 

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AFS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

Click here to learn more about the program!

 

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GLOBAL SERVICE CORPS

Students, both undergraduate and graduate, from all disciplines are welcome to join any of the programs that GSC offers in Cambodia, Thailand, and Tanzania. Programs can range from two weeks to six months or longer.

Click here to learn more about Global Service Corps!

 

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RESTLESS DEVELOPMENT: THE YOUTH-LED DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Whether you’re looking for a research assignment, a community based placement, or have a particular skill area you would like to transfer to the development sector, our international placements offer structured and meaningful opportunities in our country programs in Africa and Asia.

Click here to learn more!

 

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VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE

With over 3000 projects to choose from in more than 100 countries around the world, Volunteers For Peace has a project just right for everyone. Participants can volunteer with kids, teach English, restore the environment, assist with social projects such as HIV/AIDS awareness, and more!

Learn more about Volunteers for Peace here!

 

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DYNAMY

Hands-On Learning at Dynamy means that young people are given an opportunity to test interests and aptitudes, to be involved in a meaningful internship and develop a community with their peers while having the support and guidance of trusted advisors, internship mentors, and staff members.

Learn more about Dynamy at their website!

 

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NATIONAL GUARD
Defend Freedom. Earn money to pay for College.Report for Drill 1 weekend per month. Benefits Include a monthly paycheck, 100% Free Tuition & Academic Fees, Federal Tuition Assistance & Leadership Training.  Weekend Drill pay is approximately $196-$231.**Ask your recruiter for
exact rates and what else you may qualify for.  For more info: www.massnationalguard.com

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LARE TRAINING CENTER

Located in Chelsea, MA, LARE Successfully provides job placement assistance services inclusive of employability Workshops, leadership skills, internships & job shadowing in  fields including Medical Secretarial and Medical Billing.

For more info: 617-884-5125 or http://www.americantraininginc.com/

 

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For more gap year programs, check out Service Year.

*SEE YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR FOR MORE POST-HIGH SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES*